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Positively responding to increasing complexity in our mainstream schools – collaborative learning opportunities to inform strategic and systemic thinking

  • Online
  • 28 Jun 2024 (14:00 - 15:30)

This webinar explores the current context around pressures on mainstream schools due to the shortage of special school placement and how schools can collaboratively and positively respond as system leaders. The webinar will conclude with a panel discussion and questions chaired by Margaret Mulholland (ASCL SEND and Inclusion Specialist). Panel members will include Will Smith, CEO Greenshaw Learning Trust, Alistair Crawford, Co-Chair of National Network of Specialist Provision and school leaders to be confirmed.


  • To explore terminology associated with ‘additional provision’ and relevant frameworks and guidance
  • To reflect on how to strategically use SEND data to make evidence-informed decisions
  • To explore the benefits and risks of running additional provision
  • To reflect on the conditions required to enable successful provision

Desired outcomes

The webinar will open a national dialogue around ‘additional provision’. 

Participants will have a more secure understanding of: 

  • The current context
  • Benefits and risks
  • Questions to ask to ensure that decision-making is evidence-informed
  • How mainstream and specialist settings working collaboratively can better support pupil outcomes across local areas.


Suitable for: Assistant Head Teacher, Consultant, Deputy Head Teacher, Head Teacher, Senior Leader

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Amelie Thompson

Amelie Thompson has worked in education for over 20 years, including 12 years as a senior leader and headteacher. She now works at Greenshaw Learning Trust as Assistant Director of Education - SEND. She is also the regional lead with Whole School SEND for South East England and South London (SESLON) region and lead author of the Teacher Handbook: SEND. Amelie has a keen interest in how we, as leaders, build systems and create environments that enable ‘every teacher to be a teacher of SEND’ – driven by leadership that builds inclusivity into all aspects of school practice. As a school leader, she challenges herself to consistently reflect on the operational implications and implementation of this strategic vision and is strongly committed to cross-phase and cross-sector collaboration to achieve this.

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Clare Belli

Clare is Head of Southampton Inclusion Partnership and Outreach Service, based at Springwell Special School in Southampton. She holds an MSc in Specific Learning Difficulties from the University of Southampton and an MA Ed in Special Needs and Inclusion from the University of Winchester. Clare is also Director of SEND for the HISP Learning Partnership and provides coaching, training and strategic support for SEND improvement across a range of schools within and beyond Southampton.

Clare is the Deputy Regional SEND Lead for South East England and South London (SESLON) region.

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Tina Harvey OBE

Until July 2023, Tina was the Head of an Outstanding all age special school for children and young people with severe and profound learning difficulties including those with an additional diagnosis of autism. Tina held this post for over 30 years, during which time the school expanded its roll by 90%.

Tina trained at Birmingham University and holds a Master’s Degree in Childhood Autism, and has spent all of her career working within the special education field. Tina was a National Leader of Education until her retirement from Headship. Tina continues to work as a member of the South East South London Regional SEND team for Whole School SEND (nasen).  Aside from Special Educational Needs, Tina's particular interests are school improvement including ethical leadership and leadership development at all levels including governance. Tina firmly believes in the power of coaching as a supportive professional development tool for colleagues.

Tina is the Deputy Regional SEND Lead for South East England and South London (SESLON) region.